Archives for July 2014

Vertical schools

Do you remember the days of the old school yard? Wide open quadrangles, modest, single-storey buildings, tuckshops offering the sort of fare that wouldn’t pass the sensors of today’s nutritiously-conscious parents? Times certainly have changed, not just in terms of what students are learning and eating, but the environments where they’re learning. Increasingly, the design […]

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A tale of two flooded cities

Photo: Toronto, Canada, July 8, 2013 ©Bunton & Peel Last summer disastrous floods caused by heavy rains hit both Calgary and Toronto, two of Canada’s largest cities, within a matter of weeks of one another. Media coverage of the events at the time provided Canadians an arresting split image that captured the impact of extreme weather […]

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Singapore’s centrepiece for urban transformation

In land-scarce Singapore, making full use of every inch of ground to spur continuous while sustainable growth ranks high on the nation’s agenda. As an extension of the country’s central business district, the new Marina Bay/Greater Southern Waterfront area has been earmarked as a vibrant live-work-play district that will spur development and raise the international […]

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Acoustic design for more livable cities

Image: copyright AECOM photo by David Lloyd The sound quality of urban environments is an important consideration for people’s health and well being. The World Health Organisation notes that one in five Europeans is regularly exposed to noise levels at night that could significantly damage their health. My work in acoustic design looks at how […]

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Iconic buildings: overcoming the risk

The design and construction of iconic buildings is fundamental to shaping our cities and how they’re in turn perceived by residents and visitors. Globally we have seen iconic buildings act as a catalyst for economic growth and urban renewal, and often they become synonymous with the city in which they’re located. Examples include the Burj […]

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Coming home to Tainan

A cross-disciplinary team from AECOM’s Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and London offices is hard at work this week in the Taiwanese city of Tainan (pop 1.2 million). Commissioned by the Bai Lusi Foundation, and in collaboration with the National Cheng Kung University, the team is working on a vision plan that will be […]

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Cities creating a better climate for business

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Cities are rapidly becoming the front line for confronting the implications of climate change. With over half the world’s population, two-thirds of the world’s energy consumption, and 80 percent of the world’s GDP, cities not only have direct influence over greenhouse gas emissions, but also face the greatest concentration of physical, social […]

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Mixed use can be a mixed bag

Photo by Dixi Carrillo The Australian Bureau of Statistics forecasts that the populations of Sydney and Melbourne will grow to 7.8 million each by 2052, a respective increase of 66 percent and 86 percent over a 40 year period. Such rapid growth prompts some obvious questions, the answers to which are less obvious: Where and […]

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The business cluster effect

I was recently invited by Centre for Cities to participate in a panel discussion about the formation of business clusters. The event was held as part of the launch of McKinsey & Co’s new report: “Industrial Revolutions? – The Shape of Clusters Across the UK”. As a group, we tried to address a number of […]

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